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Savage Gardens

 

Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants is a rentable exhibition that was developed and designed by Conservatory staff. A multi-layered, multi-media exhibition, Savage Gardens tells the story of carnivorous plants and their astounding ability to adapt to inhospitable habitats.

Combining science, botany, art, humor, and hands-on activity, Savage Gardens reaches all ages with its rich components. Four monumental sculptures render viewers bug-sized, while interactive and interpretive elements educate and entertain.

The Conservatory has worked with the artists to ensure the portability of the large sculptures and other components. Learn more about detailed specifications and images of the components, as well as some of the media coverage that Savage Gardens received while on view at the Conservatory. 
 
Savage Gardens was developed and created by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Tork, Inc. The work displayed is protected by copyright and any copying is strictly prohibited.

About Tork, Inc.
Tork is a team of experienced and versatile trained artists headed by owners Mark Lagergren and Tony Ball. Tork has been creating unique sculptural installations and functional works for commercial and individual clients for more than 10 years. Adept at working on both large-scale public installations and small detailed objects, we collaborate with architects, designers, and contractors to meet site specific goals. Our sculpture has been placed in a variety of environments including public parks, playgrounds, gardens, hospitals, museums, corporate interiors and exteriors, and restaurants. We specialize in metal and resin design, fabrication, sculpting, and casting in unique combinations of materials. Learn More

Blooms & Butterflies

March 11–September 17, 2017

Hundreds of colorful butterflies fly freely in the Pacific Island Water Garden, a tropical haven filled with bright nectar blooms. Patrons can visit at any time to see a diverse array of butterflies soaring overhead or basking on nearby plant life.


Daily Butterfly Releases
For an even closer encounter with the butterflies, drop in on a Butterfly Release! At 1 and 3pm daily, a trained butterfly ambassador releases newly emerged butterflies into the biome during 15-minute educational presentations.

In Botanica Gift Shop
The butterfly metamorphosis can be experienced at home, too, with native Painted Lady caterpillars available in Botanica Gift Shop. Once they have emerged, Painted Lady butterflies can be released outdoors to continue their life cycle.


Bonsai Display

June 3–November 12, 2017

The Conservatory’s tropical bonsai collection is showcased within a serene, Japanese-inspired garden in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse.  This year, Wabi-Sabi—the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature—serves as the underlying theme for the show. Additional hardy bonsai trees are on display in an outdoor courtyard.

Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders

May 20–October 29, 2017

Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders celebrates the art of living sculpture. Focusing on endangered animals, horticulturists planted, designed and sculpted several topiary installations to be placed throughout the Conservatory’s courtyards and biomes. As guests walk through the Conservatory exploring the different regions of the world, they will encounter native, sculpted animals along the way.

In the Cardinal Health Gallery
GlassHouse: Photo Flora Form

May 20–September 17, 2017
This photography exhibition by CCAD students, alumni and faculty explores the manipulation of nature through lighting, perspective and design techniques. Using the Conservatory’s lush foliage and diverse plant collections as a catalyst to create new works, artists share their unique interpretation of man’s ability to appropriate the natural world.


Harvest Blooms

September 16–November 12, 2017

Over 3,000 stunning mums and ornamental kale cascade throughout the gardens and courtyards to create a vibrant sea of color. Displayed among seasonal plantings, pumpkins, gourds and other fall favorites enhance the autumnal experience.


In the Cardinal Health Gallery
Central Ohio Woodturners

September 23–November 12, 2017
Franklin Park Conservatory and the Central Ohio Woodturners are partnering to present a contemporary juried art exhibition that celebrates the art and craft of woodturning. All works in the show are submitted by members of the Central Ohio chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.
 
With a long, rich history, woodturning is a unique form of woodworking that uses a lathe to produce the final product. Originally created for utility purposes, today woodturning produces all forms of intricate shapes and designs that range from functional to sculptural works of art.

Central Ohio Woodturners photography by Mark Boyd.

Gardens Aglow

November 18, 2017–January 3, 2018
Open until 9pm December 1–31 (Except December 24 & 25)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! View elegant displays of poinsettias, seasonal foliage and twinkling lights enhanced by sleek and bold mid-century modern design elements. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities and special entertainment.